Alexis is Anna’s husband who has noble blood. His surrounding consists of people from the high-ranking society. He is considered to be the most significant person in the city. That is why Karenin is under a watchful eye of the entire community. However, the author depicts him as a superficial man. He reads literature, but he is not capable of understanding it. Alexis learns history, but he cannot present any profound arguments related to historical subjects. He doesn’t show extreme love or care to his wife or son, although he cannot be called a bad husband or father. It seems that this character lacks real emotions which are significant for Anna Karenina.
Alexis Karenin in the Essays